Books by Adam Rex

NOTHING RHYMES WITH ORANGE by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Fruitful in every sense of the word. (Picture book. 4-8)"
As page after page uses rhymes and puns to celebrate fruits, an orange, who is sadly aware of its nonrhyming name, provides commentary that encompasses a wide range of emotions—ending with a feeling of acceptance from the greater fruit community. Read full book review >
MOONDAY by Adam Rex
Kirkus Star
by Adam Rex, illustrated by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"This mashup of the ordinary and the far-out, of a little neighborhood and a giant, glowing orb from outer space, thrills. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The moon follows a girl home, takes up residence in her yard and stays put—keeping the sun from rising and the town stuck in a drowsy stupor. Enchanting language and a jaw-dropping premise place readers under a similar somnolent spell. Read full book review >
UNLUCKY CHARMS by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"A mad mix of attacks, chases, squabbles and revelations goose the main plot along while setting the stage nicely for the closer. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In this hectic middle volume, Rex's notably diverse crew of human, part-human and nonhuman allies splits up in hopes of scotching the schemes of the sorceress Nimue, who is out to create a worldwide army of mind-controlled "sugar zombies" through magically enhanced breakfast cereal. Read full book review >
CHU'S DAY by Neil Gaiman
by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Weigh great art and clever story against the exploitation of the old, unfortunate cliché that Asian names sound funny. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A modest yet richly colorful day in the life of a small panda who may or may not sneeze, which may or may not be calamitous. Read full book review >
CHLOE AND THE LION by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2012

"Clever and funny, though it's possible that only a niche audience will want repeat readings. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This meta-picture book offers plenty of sly giggles (and knows it). Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"A massive explosion at the end only sets that evil scheme back a bit; stay tuned for further strange and exhilarating developments. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
A motley assortment of human experimental subjects and faerie exiles take on a New Jersey cereal company run by eldritch management for nefarious purposes. Read full book review >
IT HAPPENED ON A TRAIN by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Mention of the next adventure at mystery's close will make Brixton fans smile. (Humorous mystery. 10-14)"
The Brixton Brothers Detective Agency is no more. Read full book review >
THE GHOSTWRITER SECRET by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Shot through with moments of goofiness and dotted with Rex's black-and-white illustrations, this is sure to please existing fans and win new ones. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Partially thanks to his solving The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity (2009), 12-year-old Steve Brixton has been able to start his own detective agency. Read full book review >
FAT VAMPIRE by Adam Rex
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: July 1, 2010

"Nevertheless, horror chills, humor, crisp prose and excellent secondary teen characters make this one fun read. (Humor/horror. YA)"
Teen vampires are a dime a dozen nowadays, but how many attend Comic-Con? Read full book review >
THE CLOCK WITHOUT A FACE by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2010

"Good luck. (Novelty. 10-15, adult)"
Hours of fun for sharp-eyed puzzle fans. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"Pray for sequels. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Steve Brixton loves all 58 mysteries featuring the intrepid, smart and sporty Bailey Brothers, but his favorite book is The Bailey Brothers' Detective Handbook because Steve would like to be a detective when he grows up (or so he thinks). Read full book review >
GUESS AGAIN! by Mac Barnett
by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"In all, it's a refreshing (albeit slight) spoof for jaded young readers who have aced easy Q&A books; some may find it too cool for the room. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A series of rollicking riddles with unexpected answers. Read full book review >
BILLY TWITTERS AND HIS BLUE WHALE PROBLEM by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 23, 2009

"Definitely funny and slyly subversive. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Readers know what kind of place they are in when the endpapers include ads for giant-squid repellent and shrimp-of-the-month club and the author and illustrator snark at each other in the dedication. Read full book review >
FRANKENSTEIN TAKES THE CAKE by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Some of the humor will resonate more with adults than kids, but there's something in here for just about everyone—even a grouchy raven. (Picture book/poetry. 7-12)"
A snort-inducing companion to 2006's Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, Rex's return to horror-poetry finds the green-skinned monster getting ready for his wedding, complete with a comic-strip visit to his future mother-in-law ("I'm not trying to be mean, but I never thought my little girl would be marrying someone green") and best man Dracula encountering garlic bread at the buffet. Read full book review >
PSSST! by Adam Rex
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Endpaper maps expertly matched to the pastedown flaps sandwich this gleefully postmodern romp. (Picture book. 6-8)"
As if more proof were needed that Adam Rex has a strange and goofy mind, here's a visit to a meta-fictional zoo with some uncommonly crafty residents. Read full book review >
THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Inspired but problematic. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Gratuity Tucci ("Tip" for short) has a problem. Read full book review >
LUCY ROSE by Katy Kelly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"Graduating fans of Gooney Bird Greene will eagerly expect more updates on Lucy Rose's accomplishments. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Now in fourth grade, the spunky, confident Lucy Rose continues her journal through the Thanksgiving school break. Read full book review >
SMALL BEAUTIES by Elvira Woodruff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"A little history in a lovely story. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-9)"
When Darcy is born after six sons, her grandmother says she will hold the heart of the family in her hand one day, and so she is named. Read full book review >
FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Making Judy Sierra's Monster Goose (2001), illustrated by Jack E. Davis, look like an exercise in restraint, here's a read-aloud candidate sure to elicit loud screams—but not of fright. (Poetry. 6-10)"
Readers will relish every gross and hilarious entry in this monstrous menu of misadventures, from the towering appetizer concocted by Frankenstein—a green-skinned Fred Gwynne in Rex's detail-rich, superbly over-the-top illustrations—to the Japanese-inflected closer, "Godzilla Pooped on my Honda." Read full book review >
TREE-RING CIRCUS by Adam Rex
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

"An interesting but overwrought effort. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this debut, pictures outdo the rhymed story, the idea of which derives from the title's double-pun. Read full book review >
STE-E-E-E-EAMBOAT A-COMIN’! by Jill Esbaum
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2005

"The Story of Captain Blanche Leathers (2000), illus by Holly Meade, though its content is closer to William Anderson's comparatively restrained River Boy (2003), illus by Dan Andreasen. (afterword, map) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Inspired by a passage from Mark Twain's Life on the Mississippi, Esbaum captures the bustle and commotion attending a steam packet's arrival in a small river town: "Rubberneckers, / pounding boots, / whiskered geezers, big galoots. / Wheels a-clatter, / choking cloud, / yapping dog, excited crowd." Read full book review >
LUCY ROSE by Katy Kelly
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 14, 2004

"Overall, the wonder is that third-grade vocabulary is sufficient to communicate the depth of Lucy Rose's hard-won growth. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Bouncier than a bowl of Jell-O, innately bubbly Lucy Rose, eight, undergoes a tremendous struggle; her parents have separated and the resulting upheaval leaves her no comfort zone. Read full book review >
THE DIRTY COWBOY by Amy Timberlake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2003

"Inspired by an anecdote passed down in the author's family, this cautionary tale should please all young readers with an aversion to soap and water. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Deciding, for obscure reasons, that it's time for a bath, a solitary cowboy discovers that being clean can have unexpected complications in this side-splitting double debut. Read full book review >